Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Environmental Flows Database
This project aims to develop a tool that will enable more resilient and effective management of riparian and aquatic systems throughout the deserts of the United States and Mexico. This project is being done in partnership with Northern Arizona University (NAU) to create a Desert LCC wide database of environmental flow needs and responses to help water and land managers make decisions about water for riparian and aquatic species and ecosystems. The database will collect information from the Chihuahuan, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts of the U.S. and Mexico.
The goals of this project are:
- To understand the critical data gaps in flow need and flow response data in the Desert LCC (especially related to baseflow dependent streams);
- To develop a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for managers and researchers on existing data on flow needs and responses in the Desert LCC; and
- Make recommendations for next steps to create a guidebook that can be used by managers to evaluate and implement environmental flow methodologies.